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Local food draws large appetites at Broad Appétit BY KAYLA WAMSLEY special correspondent

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icking a signature dish is a difficult task for any chef, especially if there are several mouth-watering delicacies to choose from on the menu. Midlothianbased Great Seasons Bistro Head Chef Reece Roberts, sous chef Kyle Midgett, and restaurant owner Todd Schneider, who is currently serving as executive chef to Governor Bob McDonnell, narrowed the recipe selection to a crowd favorite – the crab cake. Great Seasons will join over 60 restaurants from all across Metro-Richmond area to serve their specialty dishes and compete for Richmond’s best dish at Broad Appétit on June 5. The event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of Broad Street, is in its fourth year. The event is open to the public. There is no charge for admission. Plates are $3 a person. This is Great Seasons Bistro’s first year at Broad Appétit, and the chefs are up for the challenge of serving the crowd. Great Seasons Bistro, located in the Belgrade Shopping Center at 11400 W. Huguenot Road, may be serving a special crab cake dish placed on top of gazpacho puree and basil oil and topped with a jicama slaw made with granny smith apples. The chefs had decided the centerpiece would be the crab cake. As far as serving the crab cake-loving crowd is concerned, Great Seasons Bistro will have a flattop setup where they will make the cakes on site. The chefs will make over 60 crab cakes at a time. “It will be a productive process,” Roberts said. Along with the other chefs serving at Broad

Appétit, Roberts, Midgett and Schneider will be submitting their crab cake dish to be judged by a panel of experts who will determine who has the “To Die For” Dish of Richmond. The competition is sponsored by Richmond Magazine. In addition to prepared food, fresh produce, cheeses, herbs, artisan breads from local organic farms and specialty-food providers will also be available at Broad Appétit. A number of Virginia wineries will bring their finest wines and beer also to be served. “Richmond has amazing culinary talent in its local restaurants,” said Tracey Leverty of Echelon Events, which organizes the event. “And we wanted to bring these great chefs together to create an incredible food experience.” Other restaurants providing cuisine for the event include Kuba Kuba, Emilios Tapas Y Paella, Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, Ginger Thai Taste and Gibson’s Grill, Mezzanine, Bonvenu and The Halligan Bar and Grill. The restaurants are not the only participants for Broad Appétit. Martin’s grocery; J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Center for Culinary Arts, Tourism and Hospitality; University of Richmond Center for Culinary Arts; Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College will also be serving food to the public. Coffee shops BROAD APPÉTIT page 3 Right: Pan-seared crab cake placed on gazpacho puree and basil oil and topped with a jicama slaw is a possible dish Midlothianbased Great Seasons Bistro will be serving at the fourth annual Broad Appétit on Sunday, June 5.

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NWS volunteers South Richmond Rotary donates keep an eye on $45,000 to Families of the Wounded severe weather

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eather phenomena has always sparked an interest for long-time Midlothian resident Monte Shorte. “When a storm comes in, I’m one of the first ones outside trying to figure out what’s going on, what’s happening in the neighborhood, is there danger, and do I need to call 911. I’m always expecting the worst,” she said. Shorte, who has completed the Community Emergency Response Team training and the police department Citizens' Academy, heard about the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Wakefield SKYWARN program through CERT. A combination of curiosity and her scientific background brought her to the Basic SKYWARN training hosted by the Chesterfield County Department of Emergency Management mid-May. “You can’t do anything if you’re not prepared. I keep telling my daughter, ‘Stay calm and you can handle anything’,” she said. The volunteer program, which is open to the general public, teaches volunteer spotters about safety, terminology and what to look for when severe weather threatens. This past week, trainers from the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Wakefield wrapped up the free advanced training for SKYWARN volunteers in Henrico County. NWS Wakefield Forecaster Michael Montefusco explained, “Ground truth is something vital to us in terms of knowing what’s out there in real time and verifying all warnings.” The NWS WFO in Wakefield serves over 50 counties in three states. Currently there are over 2200 SKYWARN members. Training is offered over a three-month period in the spring as well as in the fall. “The weather out there, part of our process here in SKYWARN, is to show them [participants] that these storms are not messing around – in respect that they’re real hazards here,” Montefusco said. Virginia had a total of 19 tornadoes throughout the month of April that were confirmed by the NWS. Five people were killed and 89 others were injured in two of the 19 tornadoes, which measured an EF3 in intensity on the five-point Enhanced Fujita Scale. The spring’s tornadic devastation in places such as Joplin, Mo., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and closer to home in Glade Spring and Gloucester County highlighted the importance of early warnings of severe weather. “I think a lot of people signed up after the tornadoes in Alabama, so everybody wants to know about the storms and how that all works,” said Sherri Laffoon, who is a CERT coordinator with the county’s Emergency Management department. “They’re going to teach them how to watch the clouds and be aware.” Laffoon added that participants report the observed information back to the NWS WFO in Wakefield. “The National Weather Service can’t be everywhere. Their RADAR shows one thing, but they don’t always know for sure if it was really a tornado that touched down or was it in the atmosphere. These are the eyes and ears of the National Weather Service.”

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South Richmond Rotary Charity Auction Chairman Brian Grizzard (left) and President Andy Kerr (right) present a $45,000 check to Families of the Wounded Fund board member Tom Winfree (center). Winfree remarked that South Richmond Rotary has donated more than $100,000 in recent years to the fund. The South Richmond Rotary Charity Auction also benefits numerous other local charities, and the club's charitable mission is well known locally and nationally. Families of the Wounded Fund (familiesofthewounded.org) was established to provide financial resources in support of family members/caregivers of military service men and women who have either been wounded in combat operations or injured as the result of line-of-duty activities in support of combat operations. Many of these wounded are hospitalized locally at McGuire Veterans Hospital. - Debra Marlow

Families discuss underage drinking Since its inception in December 2009, Café Conversations, a fun, interactive program designed for fifth- through eighth-grade students and their parents, has been held at several Chesterfield County Public Schools. Hundreds of Chesterfield County families have been impacted by the program that presents facts pertaining to underage alcohol consumption, dispels myths and fosters open communication. Sponsored by Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc., a local nonprofit coalition, the program is expanding its reach with the help of the faith-based community. Those attending the recent event at Journey Christian Church in Midlothian enjoyed pizza and an energetic, creative, humorous, interactive presentation by Dr. Linda Hancock, director of the Wellness Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, member of the SAFE board of directors and a Chesterfield County resident. During a portion of the evening, parents and children met separately to allow kids to learn about alcohol and its effects on the brain while parents had candid discussions about the prevalence, dangers and legal consequences of underage drinking. Both parents and youths had such a good time that they expressed regret at not having invited neighbors and friends. One parent noted that Hancock successfully shifted her perspective on underage-alcohol-consumption statistics. “The perception is 'everyone's doing it' so they (children) do it to be like 'everyone else' when the majority isn't UNDERAGE page 5

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Erin Mushinsky, a fifth-grade student at J.B. Watkins Elementary School, considers how she can wrap an egg, representing the brain, with a straw and tape, so it won’t be harmed when dropped during a recent Café Conversations, which discussed the effects of underage drinking on the developing brain at Journey Christian Church in Midlothian.

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Wesley Bell Ringers from Salt Lake City, Utah, will preform on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Chesterfield.

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The Wesley Bell Ringers from Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake earing her grandson John City are traveling on their 46th annual will be coming for a visit concert tour. They have performed in in Midlothian is music to unique places including the Mount Alma Williams’ ears. Of Rushmore National Monument, Walt course, it will be music to everyone Disney World, The United States who will be attending the concert of the Capital and The Cathedral of the Pines Wesley Bell Ringers from Salt Lake City, National Shrine. Utah when they perform at Hopewell The handbell choir consists of teens United Methodist Church at 6200 15 to 19 years old and performs both Courthouse Road. secular and sacred music. Its repertoire John Williams, a 17-year-old memconsists of Broadway musicals, jazz ber of the group, said he enjoys the standards and other pieces created by sense of camaraderie within the Wesley well known arrangers of handbell muBell Ringers. He has been in the group sic. The program is designed to show since his freshman year of high school. the multifaceted aspect of handbells. “It’s like one giant family,” said Wil- The shows last about an hour and 10 liams, “even if you do wrong they’ll al- minutes. ways be there for you, no matter what.” The current group of Wesley Bell Williams’ mother Gina and father Ringers plays a six octave set and a Richard graduated from Clover Hill and four octave set of MalMark Handbells. Monacan high schools in 1982. Richard The group also plays two four octave Williams is a pediatric cardiologist in sets of handchimes, two octaves of Salt Lake City and Gina Williams does Whitechapel Cup Bells, a two octave set volunteer work at the family’s church. of Schulmerich Silver Melody Bells and Williams, whose favorite piece the a two octave carillon. They practice an group has performed is Bach’s Fugue average of four hours a week. “Little” in G Minor, is one of 28 high The choir has traveled to all 50 states school students from Salt Lake City, since its start in 1963. It has also travUtah that will perform songs with eled to 10 Canadian provinces. Memhandbells June 15 at Hopewell United bers of the choir have raised money Methodist Church located at 6200 for equipment and touring the United Courthouse Rd. in Chesterfield. States through their own fundraising.

Terry Waite has been the director of the Wesley Bell Ringers since 1996. Waite played in the choir from 1967 to 1970. He has directed handbell and vocal choirs for thirty-one years at various Salt Lake City churches. This trip to Chesterfield will be Waite’s first, but the bell ringers have traveled to Virginia before. Waite said that the group stays at the homes of members of the churches where they perform. “You get to know the people who live there a little bit and get a feel for what it’s like to live in different parts of the country,” said Waite, “there are a lot of benefits to doing this.” Waite said he loves working with youth and holding auditions for the Wesley Bell Ringers. He said anybody that wants to play and can dedicate the time for practice can be a part of the group. “There’s a challenge of taking people that don’t know anything about bells and sometimes not anything about music and making an ensemble out of it,” said Waite, “I enjoy that challenge.” The Wesley Bell Ringers will perform 12 concerts in nine different states on this tour. The two days after their trip to Chesterfield they will go sight-seeing in Washington, D.C.

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WCBA is honored to host Tom Garner's presentation of the final details on the new Mid-Lothian Mines amphitheatre and headstock to be built next to the lake on Woolridge Road across from the park. Construction is expected to start in a few weeks. The morning meeting will start at 7:30 AM in the Community Room at Village Bank's HQ at Route 60 & 288. As usual, there will be other useful announcements and gossip to share along with hot coffee and fresh bagels. All WCBA members are urged to attend and bring guests. Prospective members of WCBA are also invited. For more information, email info@wcba.biz.

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Historic Eppington Tours from 10 – 11 a.m. $8 To register call (804)748-1623 and request Course # 21865. Eppington Plantation, 14201 Eppes Falls Road, was a large tobacco plantation built in 1768 by Thomas Jefferson’s brother-in-law, Francis Eppes VI. Experience what plantation life was like in the 1700’s as you tour the house and grounds. The house features items on display from the Eppes and Hines-Cherry families, who were previous residents in addition to agricultural displays. Webelos Geologist Activity Pin Workshop at Midlothian Mines Park, 13301 N. Woolridge Road from 2 – 4 p.m. $10. To register call (804)748-1623 and request Course# 21897. This program is designed for young boys ages 9-10 who wish to complete the requirements for their Geologist Activity Pin. This activity will address rock types, how coal is formed, the impact of coal to the region and hands on activities.

Flea Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Bar-B-Q lunch. Children's activities. Rain or shine. Bethia United Methodist Church, 10700 Winterpock Rd., 23832. Space info: (804) 608-8327. Woolridge Elementary School, located at 5401 Timber Bluff Pkwy., Midlothian, will host Health & Safety Day from 9 a.m. - noon. There will be family activities, dance, soccer, and public safety officials on hand to talk about summer safety. Swift Creek Academy of the Performing Arts will present their annual dance concert, Pinocchio: The Real Boy, at 3 and 7 pm at Cosby High School. Dances will include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Irish, lyrical and modern pieces. Tickets are available in advance at SCAPA and at the door; $12 adults, $8 seniors (60+), and $6 children (11 and under). For more information visit www. swiftcreekacademy.org or call SCAPA at 744-2801. The fourth annual Pets on Parade benefit will be held at The Science Museum of Virginia's Thalhimer Pavilion from 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and $25 per pet. The event is sponsored by Car Pool, Village Bank and The Science Museum of Virginia. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event by visiting www.fetchacure.com or calling (804) 525-2193. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. The community is invited to a free festival sponsored by One Voice from noon-9 p.m., at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road. The free event will provide fun for the entire family, including games, food, prizes and live entertainment. There will be 15 bouncers for all ages, including adults; a petting zoo; pony rides; a children’s section for kids aged three and younger; and an X-Zone skate park for youths who sign waivers and wear protective gear.Spectators will enjoy a skate boarding exhibition by an internationally renowned team that hopes to help this generation become tomorrow’s lead-

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 The New Virginians, www. the newva.org, (a club for women new to the Richmond area in the last two years) will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Brandermill Country Club (3700 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112). The luncheon features a guest from The YWCA Women’s Domestic Sexual Violence Program, the New Virginians charity for the 2010-2011 year. The cost for the luncheon is $25 for club members and their guests. Reservations for the luncheon are requested by noon on June 1. Please contact Sam Gentz at (804)639-7042.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Come and enjoy great Barbershop Harmony! See and hear Richmond's own Champion Greater Richmond Chorus as they explore the many faces of love in the movies and in real life presenting "All You Need Is....Love?" at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Lora M. Robins Theatre at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Road, Richmond, (23238). Ticket info visit www.grcsings.com or call (804) 282-sing (7464)

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Lillian Lambert to speak at college’s graduation Lillian Lincoln Lambert, a nationally known author and lecturer and the first African American woman to earn an MBA degree from Harvard University, will deliver the commencement address to Bryant & Stratton College’s graduates June 17 at the Richmond Convention Center. Named one of ten “2011 Virginia Women in History” by the Library of Virginia in March, Lambert will speak to approximately 170 graduates of the career college on “the power of persistence, resilience, courage and morality in surmounting hurdles that prevent people from reaching their full potential.” Lambert is a successful entrepreneur, having founded a building maintenance company in her garage. She developed it into a $20-million venture with 1,200 employees in several Mid-Atlantic states. She is the author of a ground-breaking memoir, The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond. She has won numerous accolades for her accomplishments and today sits on the Board of COURTESY PHOTO Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University Lillian Lincoln Lambert will deliver and the board of the Harvard Business School’s Bryant & Stratton College's African American Alumni Association. Bryan & Stratton College commencement on June 17.

Richmond native awarded Fulbright for overseas research Elon University senior Chris Jarrett of Richmond has been awarded a Fulbright grant for overseas research in Ecuador in 2011-2012. Jarrett was one of three Elon seniors awarded a Fulbright this spring, the largest number of students in university history to receive the honor in the same academic year. For his project, Jarrett will live and work among the Amazonian Kichwa people of the Napo province. His research will involve interviewing community elders and documenting cultural narratives (stories, songs, dream interpretations, and life lessons) associated with their guayusa tea ritual. These narratives will be written in Kichwa, translated to Spanish and English, and made into two small books with the goal of preserving cultural knowledge associated with the guayusa ritual. The research is an extension of Jarrett’s work with the Lumen Prize, Elon’s premiere award for honoring academic and creative achievement, which took the international studies and Spanish double major to Ecuador several times during his studies. The work will blend his existing research interests in the relationship between culture and politics, Amazonia, indig-

enous identity and alternative development strategies. He is the son of Elizabeth Jarrett of Richmond, and Thomas Jarrett of Gwynn, Va. “This Fulbright grant is an incredible opportunity to gain practical experience conducting anthropological field work in Amazonian Ecuador,” Jarrett said. “It will greatly contribute to my linguistic skills in Spanish and Amazonian Kichwa and prepare me well for a career as an anthropologist.” COURTESY PHOTO BY KIM WALKER Jarrett has deferred admission Chris Jarrett will be living and working to the University of among the Kichwa people in Ecuador. Texas at San Antonio, where he will countries.” begin his graduate studies in Since its establishment anthropology after complet- under legislation introduced ing the Fulbright. by the late U.S. Sen. J. WilSponsored by the U.S. liam Fulbright of Arkansas, Department of State and ad- the Fulbright Program has ministered by the Institute of given approximately 300,000 International Education, the students, scholars, teachers, Fulbright was established in artists, and scientists the op1946 by Congress to “enable portunity to study, teach and the government of the United conduct research, exchange States to increase mutual ideas and contribute to understanding between the finding solutions to shared people of the United States international concerns. and the people of other

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Sun Block, Inc. owner Jeff Newman, right, and CIO Nathan Witt, left, provide residential, commercial and vehicle window tint and film from their new location on Midlothian Turnpike.

Midlothian business brings balance and UV protection from sun's rays BY ELIZABETH FARINA

Sun Block, Inc., in business for over 19 years, was recently purchased by Midlothian resident Jeff Newman. I sat down with Newman at the store’s new location on Midlothian Turnpike, across from CarMax.

Q: Tell me about Sun Block's services. A: When you talk to people about window tint or window film, they think cars. I didn’t realize how big, how important, and how great it could be for residential and commercial [property] and how much of an improvement it can be for sheer enjoyment, and there are health reasons involved with UV protection. Some cars have factory-tinted windows, but there’s no UV protection at all. Obviously, it gives you some glare reduction, but it gives you zero UV protection. Our film blocks 99% of UV rays. We also have Precision Cut, which is computer-cut trim On the residential and commercial side, seeing it installed, it does great. It takes a room that most people might not have sat in before because of the heat or they couldn’t watch T.V. or the sun was in their eyes, and if I were to put window film up, it’s almost like putting sunglasses on your house except it’s not as dark as you’d see with sunglasses. We have commercial clients as small as oneperson to large companies such as SunTrust and Dominion. We also install window film state and local police and correctional facilities. Q: Tell me about how you became involved with Sun Block, Inc. A: I’m a new owner. I purchased the business from Ron Lamm, the original owner.

Ron did it well. He did it well, obviously for 19 years. Ron is still affiliated with us on projects, doing large projects. Nathan [Witt] is my CIO. He’s been with Sun Block for a little over ten years. Day-to-day stuff, it’s really me, Nathan and I have two other installers. Scott Partridge, who also has been with Sun Block for over ten years, installs all the vehicle window tinting. I was looking to purchase a business. Although I am the owner here, I still work full-time for LeClairRyan Law Firm and I’ve been with them for 12 years. I do IT, computer work, for them. I’m here early in the morning, and then my wife Brenna and I drop the kids off [at childcare] and then we go to work. I come back in the evenings. Nathan is hands-on on site person that runs Sun Block. Q: What is window film? A: These are all our Vista film. Each one is a different film (pointing to the shop windows). These are the eight most popular lines … [The cost] is all based on per square foot. We also factor in if there is ladder work or if there are French panes. When someone calls, the first thing I ask is if they are looking for UV Protection or glare reduction or a combination of both. Some people are just looking for UV protection and I have a film that’s clear that blocks 99% UV. We have films that can block up to 88% of the heat passing through windows, while adding 30 %more insulation during the winter months. The residential installation carries a transferable lifetime warranty. For more information about Sun Block, call (804) 379-4123.

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Acacia mid-town Africanne on Main Amour Wine Bistro Avenue 805 Bacchus Balliceaux Bistro 27 Boka Taco Bonvenu The Camel Catering by Jill, Inc. Comfort Community Kitchen Croaker's Spot Culinard, Culinary Institute of Virginia College The Empress Emilios Tapas y Paella Ettamae's Café The Franklin Inn PHOTO BY ELIZABETH FARINA F.W. Sullivan's Fan Bar and Great Seasons Bistro Chef Reece Roberts demonstrates Grille preparation for a pan-seared crab cake. Gibson's Grill Ginger Thai Taste BROAD APPÉTIT from page 1 Goatocado and catering companies such as Umami Coffee and Tea Great Seasons Bistro The Halligan Bar and Grill Company, Imperial Catering and Events, LLC. and CaterImperial Catering & Events, LLC ing by Jill, Inc. are other participants on the list. India K'Raja “I think you get a diversity of people coming to see J. Sargeant Reynolds all different types of restaurants. If we could bring some COURTESY PHOTO Community College Center Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for Best Western “Plus” people from the south side to the fan, or to the city of for Culinary Arts, Tourism and Governor’s Inn on Tuesday, May 24. The Best Western “Plus” Governor’s Inn is located at Richmond, to see that area and all the different types of Hospitality 9826 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond 23235. Julep's New Southern Cuisine food and proprietors and chefs, it’s just an overall good Kitchen 64 experience for everybody,” Roberts said. Kuba Kuba The restaurants from previous years are grandfathered Lady Nawlins Cajun Café in to participate in the event. When restaurants opt out of Lavenders Café and Specialty the event slots open up and Echelon Events accepts appliShop/Umami Coffee and Tea cations from other restaurants that would like to particiCompany pate. Leverty said it is particularly important to celebrate Louisiana Flair II M Bistro and Wine Bar at the locally-owned restaurants that serve Richmond. Rocketts Landing “Our main criteria is being locally owned and usually Martins Food Stores brick-and-mortar-based,” Leverty said. Mezzanine Broad Appétit will also feature two music stages and Mosaic Café and Catering a Martin’s chef demonstration stage. For kids there will Nile Ethiopian Restaurant be story telling and for adults there will be hands-on, inOlio Popkin Tavern season, food-preparation demonstrations, raw milk and Rowland Fine Dining fermented food demonstrations, canning and preserving, Sensi Restaurant bee keeping and chicken-cooping. Sine Irish Pub “These events bring communities together to revel in an Shyndigz Six Burner Sticks enjoyment – food in our case – and they convey that there Kebob Shop is positive activity within the business community,” Leverty Stratford University Tarrants Café said. Tastebuds Sponsors of the event include Altria, Union First Market American Bistro Bank, Loveland Distributing Company, Duke’s MayonnaisUniversity of Richmond Center es and Sauer’s Spices, One South Realty Group, CommonPHOTO COURTESY MELIKE MONAHAN for Culinary Arts wealth Event Company, Boitnott Visual Communications U.S. Navy officers surprised Tomahawk Creek Middle School students on Thursday, May 26 Weezie's Kitchen and Metro Sound & Music. White Anchovie with a $500 check for collecting the most cans for the Navy-sponsored STEM Project.

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Preparing global citizens in the classroom high schools. Since the shift in housing prices, and real estate tax assessments Chesterfield County School Board not bringing in the same tax revenues announced on May 24 its bold vision- for the locality, the school system has ary Design for Excellence 2020 initiaseen over a 10 percent decline lotive to provide “engaging and relevant cal net property taxes. Beyond fiscal education” for every student to become adjustments on a spreadsheet, and an a responsible, productive global citizen understanding that the entire region for success in a global society. Not to as a whole was treading water, tough undermine the message of addressing decisions had to be met ��� after all, even the challenges and changing needs to students know that one cannot print prepare students for the modern work- money out of thin air without facing place, it is hopeful that the school’s the consequences. administration has been embracing Economic conditions continue to "an engaging and relevant education" have hints of doubts amid a long-term in the classroom for a long, long time. recovery. On a positive note, people One of the many challenges Chesacross the board are now more aware terfield County public schools face is of how their tax dollars are being spent its own successes over the years. The than they were several years ago. Taxdraw for quality public education has payers are no longer interested in the had a part in an exploding residential juicy sound bites. They’re hungry for growth that has led to a student popu- the bare facts, regardless of indepenlation of over 58,000 students spread dent efficiency ratings. It’s not enough across 62 elementary, middle, and to invest in “global” but to define the

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During World War II, Soldiers trained at Fort A.P. Hill before embarking overseas.

Fort Lee to help A.P. Hill celebrate its 70th anniversary Commemorating years of service training warriors for various military operations worldwide, Fort A.P. Hill will host its 70th Anniversary Celebration, June 11. Fort Lee soldiers will help kick off the event by taking part in an Americana Military Parade in Bowling Green at 10 a.m. to honor all veterans and those military members who serve in America’s Armed Forces. The parade will include the American Legion Riders and the U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center Soldiers and robot, 392nd Army Band and 49th Quartermaster Group from Fort Lee. Parade grand marshals will include a Caroline High School JROTC cadet and Vietnam and Korean War veterans. Following the parade, Port Royal will host historical and art gallery tours from noon until 2 p.m. The day’s events will culminate at Fort A.P. Hill with the Military District of Washington’s Twilight Tattoo at 7 p.m. Bowling Green Mayor David W. Storke noted that the town has a history dating as far back as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In fact, he said, its town hall was once a USO building during World War II. “I just think it’s very appropriate given the history between the town and the installation,” the mayor noted. “The parade is a nostalgic way of galvanizing that relationship.” Port Royal was first settled in 1652 and chartered in 1744. Celebrating its historic roots, the town will open its portrait gallery, have copies of the walking tour available from 12-2 p.m., and will open St. Peter’s Church for guided tours. Port Royal Mayor Nancy Long shared Storke’s enthusiasm for the celebration. “We are delighted that [Fort] A.P. Hill has made this a community-wide event and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” she said. Following the community activities at 2 p.m., the post will open its main gate off of U.S. Route 301 to the public. At the Beaverdam Picnic Area, military displays will showcase various tactical vehicles units use to train with at Fort A.P. Hill as well as a Civil War encampment featuring “Lt. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill,” portrayed by Patrick Falci who gained fame for his role in the movie, “Gettysburg.” Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” will kick off the prelude music to the Twilight Tattoo pageant which starts at 7 p.m. The Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long sunset military pageant that features soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard;” the Fife and Drum Corps; Soldier- musicians/vocalists from the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own;” the U.S. Army Chorus; and, the U.S. Army “Downrange.” With more than 100 “Old Guard” soldiers wearing period uniforms, the show will provide a fast-paced journey through Army history from the Revolutionary War to its current involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just as crowds will watch the Army’s history unfold, they will travel on a journey reminiscent of Fort A.P. Hill. The installation traces its roots back to 1941 when it was initially established as a maneuver training area and later as a staging area for Maj. Gen. George Patton’s task force during World War II. Since then, hundreds of units have trained here for such military operations as Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. In fiscal year 2010 alone, nearly 94,000 warriors trained on Fort A.P. Hill – its highest training throughput in 16 years. “June 11th will mark a significant day in our 70-year-history – a day we can all come together as a proud American community united in patriotism and enthusiasm for this great nation,” said Lt. Col. John W. Haefner, garrison commander. “June 11th is about you – the citizens we support and defend. It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all you do in support of the 100,000 Warriors who train here annually,” the commander said. “Bring your family and bring your friends. There will truly be something for all to enjoy – whether it’s saluting our veterans in a parade in Bowling Green, learning about those who came before us at the historic art gallery in Port Royal, or watching the Army’s history unfold in the Twilight Tattoo – you will not want to miss this event.” Though the event is free and open to the public, individuals must produce a valid photo ID at the gate to gain entry. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site, but because of limited seating, visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the event. Weapons of any sort, glass bottles, alcoholic beverages, fireworks or any other type of explosive/pop caps are prohibited. Fort Lee

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THE WORLD FROM MY VIEW A LOOK AT FAMILY HISTORY I've always been interested in family stories. When I got older I started writing these stories down, planning to do more research when I retired. Thanks to the Internet and websites where you can leave messages about family names, the Library of Virginia, National Archives in Washington, D.C., plus libraries in a number of cities, I was able to get a lot of information. What’s fun for me is proving oral history, which is not always correct. James T. Deacey was born in Carigan, Wales June 7, 1845. Oral history is: he ran away from home at age 14. He was a stowaway on a ship from England to the USA , which happened to be a blockade runner. The ship's captain wanted money for his passage, so he was put on the open slave market for payment. The Confederate Army bought him and made him a camp cook. He escaped and started walking north. In order to escape capture, as a deserter, he found a dead soldier and placed his identifying items on the body and walked north. Most of this I can not prove or disprove. Here is what I was able to find through official record: James T. Deacey enlisted as a private in Captain Way’s

Independent Company, Georgia Infantry, Forest City Rangers, on July 18,1861 (he would have been age 16). Mustered out Nov. 18, 1861. What’s Enlisted as a private in Company fun for me D, 1st Regiment is provGeorgia Infantry ing oral (Olmstead’s ) Jan. 3,1862. He history, was wounded which is and sent to General Hospital not always at Savannah, Ga. correct on Dec. 14,1863. He did not show up at that hospital, so he was listed as deserted. However, at the end of the war, April 11, 1865, records show he signed papers and said he “wanted to go north." I've been told by Civil War researchers that he probably went to a different hospital and his company didn't know where he was. He didn't go very far,

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however, because he was still in Savannah at the war's end. The next record I found on him was ten years later, when he married my great-grandfather's sister Emma Belanger. She later died in childbirth. His 2nd wife was my great-grandmother's sister Emelda Clement. Both were in Evert, Mich. I'm not sure where he was for almost ten years. One story is that he walked to Pennsylvania where he worked in the coal mines for awhile. Being from Wales, his family was coal miners. He got to Evert, Mich., where he would drive cattle to the logging camps that were all over northern Michigan at that time. He did own a meat market in Evert Mich. until his death on Oct. 21,1917 at the age 72. I did Civil War re-enacting for a number of years and did a lot of living-history for school children. I always ended my talks by telling the students to write down their questions and talk to the seniors in their family, and most of all, record their stories. Bill Good Midlothian

Bon Air American Legion Post 354 to retire U.S. Flags at special ceremony on June 11

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or tattered United States flags for proper retirement and disposal. On June 11, 2011, a formal ceremony to retire the collected flags will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the post’s Bon Air location at 13200 Robious Road, behind the Tar“An American flag is like an old vet- rington subdivision. eran and should be retired respectfully,” Protocol calls for American flags stated James Welch, U.S. Navy veteran to be burned as a proper means of and First Vice-Commander of Ameriretirement and disposal. Saturday’s can Legion Post 354 in Bon Air. ceremony will include the Manchester American Legion Post 354 is inviting High School Color Guard, U.S. Naval the public to drop off their faded, torn Sea Cadet Corps, and a free, commu-

nity picnic. “This is a ceremony every American should take part in at least once in their lifetime, as it is an impressive and emotional experience,” said Welch. “We typically have people from all over Virginia attend the ceremony.” The event is held in conjunction with the Association of the United States Army, VFW Post 6364 and Richmond Marine Detachment. American Legion Post 354

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Tournament Drive Unknown suspect(s) attempted to pry open the side window and gain entry to the location. A drink machine blocking the window was tipped over.

1700 block of Crumpets Court Unlocked 2009 Honda Civic was entered and at this time nothing has been reported stolen.

The James River is in need of a spruceup. Volunteer for the 12th Annual James River Regional Cleanup to help one of the nation’s most historic rivers become one of its cleanest. 23235 23236 Sponsored by the James River Advisory May 25 14900 block of Highberry Council, in cooperation with the James 11400 block of Robious Road May 25 Woods Terrace 8800 block of Rockdale Road River Association, the cleanup will be held Suspect entered the location Items removed from the trunk Property removed from dressed as a female, deJune 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at sites along about of victim’s 1993 Honda Civic. unlocked vehicle, parked in manded money from the teller 75 miles of the James. This year’s event also stating he had a weapon in his victim’s driveway. includes new sites along the Appomattox 4100 block of Lonas Drive purse. Tellers gave the money River, a major tributary that flows into the Victim reported property stolen to the suspect, who then left 8800 block of Henson Road from unlocked white 1998 the area in a vehicle. Victim reported unlocked GMC James. Mercury Mountaineer. Yukon was entered and propIn addition to needing volunteers to walk 10300 block of Iron Mill Road erty was stolen. shoreline areas, boaters also are needed. Entry gained to residence May 23 Paddlers and power-boaters are able to colthrough an unlocked front 600 block of Whiffletree 5300 block of Hunt Master lect floating trash and access shoreline areas bedroom window. Suspect(s) Road Lane too difficult to reach by foot. In addition ransacked the bedroom and Blue 2004 Econoline E250 was Three vehicles were entered, to trash discarded directly into the James, at this time nothing has been stolen. two of which were unlocked. reported stolen. rain runoff carries trash downhill along Property was reported stolen. thousands of miles of roadside ditches and May 22 7900 block of Provincetown 4700 block of Valley Crest streams, and eventually to the James River. 1000 block of Arch Hill Drive Drive Drive Registering to be a James River Regional Property removed from victim’s Unknown suspect(s) gained Unlocked black 2006 Chevunlocked vehicle. Cleanup volunteer is easy. Visit jrac-va.org entry to the victim’s residence rolet Impala was entered and or call (804)717-6688. and stole property. No signs of property reported stolen. 12600 block of Bailey Bridge Road License plates reported stolen from victim's 1999 Dodge Intrepid.

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1700 block of Winters Hill Circle Complainant reported parts were stolen from a HVAC location.

Over 5,500 summonses and arrests made during two-day enforcement Virginia State Police Operation Air, Land, and Speed returned to Interstates 95 and 81 yielding 5,814 summonses and arrests during the two-day enforcement initiative, which took place Sunday, May 22, and Monday, May 23. Once again, there were no reported fatalities on either interstate during the course of the operation. The last time Operation Air, Land & Speed focused on Interstates 95 and 81 was in March where 3,552 violations were cited by Virginia State Police. Along Interstate 95, which extends from the North Carolina border to Maryland, state police cited 2,712 violations. Two drunk drivers were arrested and 11 drug/felony arrests were made. State police cited 1,158 drivers for speeding and issued summonses to 460 individuals for reckless driving. In addition, 97 safety belt violations were issued. The specialized enforcement yielded 3,102 violations along I-81, which stretches from the Tennessee border to West Virginia. Four drunk drivers were arrested and 17 drug/felony arrests were made by state police. Troopers stopped 1,725 speeders and cited 351 reckless drivers. In addition, there were 132 safety belt violations. This is the nineteenth time Operation Air, Land & Speed has concentrated on Interstate 95 and 81 since its

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secret and begins to have open, honest and transparent discussions about it, we will see a shift to stronger healthier families with fewer horror stories of mayhem on the highways and youths making risky decisions,” Frith said. “It is all about grass roots changes in perception. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said it well: ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant.’” SAFE encourages churches, schools and other organizations in the Greater Richmond area to consider hosting Café Conversations. For more information call (804)796-7100.

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Abbott secures first regional singles title Midlothian junior beats Denuel in straight sets BY JIM MCCONNELL jmcconnell@midlothianexchange.com

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hristine Abbott makes no pretense about her approach to winning tennis matches. She knows defense is her strength. She knows she can win by tracking down shots that would be winners against other players. She’s not going to beat herself by attempting a bunch of risky, low-percentage shots. If you can execute the shots to beat her, so be it. But Abbott is nearly three full seasons into her tennis career at Midlothian High School, and no

Dominion District opponent has done it yet. That streak continued last Wednesday afternoon when Abbott beat Cosby sophomore Lauren Denuel 6-1, 6-1 in the Central Region singles final at Mills Godwin. It was the fifth time Abbott and Denuel have played this season. Abbott won all five in similar fashion, by using her relentless defense to keep points alive until her younger opponent finally made a mistake. “That’s what I do: I get the ball back,” said Abbott, who lost a three-set

match to Godwin’s Nicole Parker in last year’s regional final. “If I can’t do that, I don’t have much else because I don’t hit winners.” Abbott’s ability to dominate a match with defense became an issue when she suffered a sprained left foot Monday during Midlothian’s loss to Deep Run in the regional team tournament. With less than 48 hours to recuperate prior to the singles final, Abbott acknowledged she was initially concerned. But her trainer “did some TENNIS P8

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Midlothian's Christine Abbott hits a forehand during her victory over Cosby's Lauren Denuel in the regional final.

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Cosby outfielder Megan Jones is congratulated by teammates after she threw out a Clover Hill baserunner at the plate to end the top of the sixth inning in last Thursday's Dominion District tournament final. Cosby won 3-0.

Titans get defensive Fielding prowess makes difference in victory over Clover Hill BY JIM MCCONNELL jmcconnell@midlothianexchange.com

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he throw was perfect. Hard and low, the missile launched from Megan Jones’ right hand zoomed toward home plate about 150 feet away and hit its target with laser-like precision. When the ball nestled into the mitt of Cosby catcher Taylor Hall, the only person more surprised than Hall was the baserunner who thought she was about to score Clover Hill’s first run in Thursday’s Dominion District softball tournament final. Jones’ remarkable peg from centerfield nailed the Cavaliers’ Tkeyah Vaughan for the final out of the sixth inning and served as an

exclamation point on Cosby’s brilliant defensive effort in a 3-0 victory. Hall, who greeted Jones with a hug on her way to the third-base dugout, offered a succinct description of her teammate’s throw: “Ridiculous. No other centerfielder in the region can make that throw.” Asked later if it was the best throw she’s ever made, a beaming Jones humbly suggested it was “probably one of the best.” “I thought I had a chance,” she added. “We practice our defense all the time. It was for my team and I just had to do it.” Emphasis on defensive fundamentals has been a hallmark of Cosby’s program under coach Ray Jeter. That became significant this year when the pitcher’s slab was moved back

three feet (from 40 to 43 feet), making it easier for hitters to make contact and putting a premium on fielding the ball cleanly. Cosby’s defenders already were accustomed to playing behind a pitcher, senior Kelly Higbie, who relies more on control than overpowering speed. They know they can’t count on more than a few strikeouts against better opponents and prepare accordingly. “I wasn’t worried about [the rule change]. We were ready,” Jeter said. “It comes from thousands of reps in practice. They have to do it so many times, it becomes instinctive. But there’s nothing like game speed to showcase what your defense can do.” SOFTBALL P8

Megan Moye didn’t just contribute to the Central Region title Cosby’s girls track and field team earned last weekend at Sports Backers Stadium. The junior distance standout put her name in the record book with one dominant performance after another. Moye got the Titans off to a fast start by running the anchor leg of the 3,200meter relay Friday. Jayden Metzger, Alaina Redd and Elena Wirz handled the first three legs, then Moye did the rest as Cosby beat runnerup Midlothian with a new regional record of 9 minutes, 21.02 seconds. Moye opened Saturday’s session with another recordsetting performance, winning the 3,200 meters in 10:42.85 and breaking by 14 seconds the mark held previously by Deep Run’s Madalyn Nuckols. Moye, who was voted the region’s most valuable runner, also won the 1,600 in record time (4:54) as Cosby’s girls rallied to beat Thomas Dale by seven points for the team title. Despite her heroics, the Titans trailed the Knights until De'Nisha Smith won the 300-meter hurdles with three events left in the meet. Cosby also picked up valuable team points when Logan Edwards finished second in the discus. Cosby's Bryan Still was voted the regional coach of the year.

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Catcher Chris Ayers is one of four former Manchester High stars who are playing baseball at VCU.

lake Hauser was the main attraction at Manchester High School’s baseball complex during his senior season, a lanky righthanded pitcher who had grizzled professional scouts drooling over his 95 mph fastball. Teammates Chris Ayers and Joey Cujas were not only two of the most feared hitters in Virginia, they were dynamic defenders at catcher and third base, respectively. Then there was Ryan Morrison, who succeeded Hauser as the Lancers’ ace and was named Central Region player of the year as a senior. All four were big fish in a small pond at Manchester, star players who were accustomed to not only seeing their names on coach Ricky Saunders’ lineup card but hearing the roars of fans who came out to watch them play. Now they’re teammates

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Manchester alumnus Joey Cujas started for VCU at third base as a freshman.

at Virginia Commonwealth University, underclassmen who are trying to battle their way back up the food chain against Division I competition. While their new school is only about a 30-minute drive from their old school, they might as well be playing

baseball in another world. “It’s been different,” Ayers acknowledged after the Rams lost to No. 1 Virginia 14-3 at The Diamond on May 3. “People don’t realize how good the competition is. The older guys have earned their spots and you just have to prove yourself when you get

a chance.” Even for players who competed at the highest classification in high school, the jump to Division I can be daunting. For proof, look no further than Hauser, who could’ve bypassed college TEAMMATES P9


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TENNIS from P7 magic” on her foot, and while she had a wrap on both her foot and ankle, Abbott looked no worse for wear. “She gets everything back and she can hit the ball pretty much anywhere she wants to,” Denuel said. “If you just try to keep the ball in the court, she’ll out-stroke you every time. You have to go for your shots.” Denuel attacked effectively throughout the first set, taking advantage of Abbott’s looping forehand to move into a strong position at the net. But more often than not, Denuel either misfired on her attempt to end the point or Abbott came up with a well-angled passing shot. Abbott broke Denuel’s serve four times, built a quick 3-0 lead and cruised to a 6-1 victory in the first set. “At first, I was trying to play strategically -- move her around and then come in -- but it wasn’t working. I would get the shot I wanted. I just couldn’t execute,” Denuel said. “In the second set, my attitude was, ‘I have nothing to lose. Let’s just go for it.’” Initially, it didn’t make

much difference. Abbott reeled off four quick games in the second set, but Denuel finally was able to string some points together and broke Abbott’s serve for the second time. “The score doesn’t indicate it, but today was the best I’ve seen Lauren play Christine,” Lee said. “It was the second ball she needed to put away. She did it a few times and it was pretty; now she just needs the consistency to do it every time.” Trailing 4-1, Denuel led 40-30 on her serve but couldn’t hold. She erased one break point when her forehand clipped the tape and just barely crawled over for a winner, but lost the next two points and Abbott served out the match for her first regional championship. “Last year I was really nervous. This time, I was a lot more comfortable because I knew this was what I wanted and what I had worked for,” Abbott said. Both players qualified for the state Group AAA singles tournament June 9 at Jefferson District Park in Fairfax.

Clover Hill didn’t lack for scoring chances against Higbie. The Cavaliers had a hit in four of the first six innings and put two runners on base with one out in the third. But Cosby responded by turning three double plays – each time nailing an aggressive Clover Hill baserunner either trying to score or take an extra base. “Their defense is tough, no doubt,” Clover Hill coach Glenn Corbin said. “In a game like this, the breaks are so few, you have to make the best of them.” With one out in the third inning, Higbie walked Vaughan, who motored all the way to third when Hope Cashion reached on Cosby’s lone error. After Sam Page lofted a fly ball to right field, Vaughan tagged up and headed for the plate, but Karie Burgess threw her out to keep the game scoreless. An inning later, Rachel Cumiskey led off with a single. Allison Brown followed with a sacrifice bunt, but Cumiskey tried to go all the way to third and got gunned down by Ellen Sweat. Vaughan smacked a triple past a diving Jones leading off the sixth. After an infield out, Page drove a fly ball to centerfield that looked easily deep enough to score Vaughan. Jones had other ideas. Her throw was so perfect, Hall merely had to catch the ball and drop her glove on the sliding Vaughan’s leg just before she touched the plate. “We put so much time into our defense every day,” Hall said. “Obviously it shows during games when we make unbelievable plays.” Added Higbie: “My defense makes me look good. It gives me so much confidence, having such a great defense. That’s what makes me a good pitcher.” Clover Hill has a good pitcher, as well. Page, a junior, scattered seven hits and

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Cosby's Taylor Hall prevents Clover Hill's Tkeyah Vaughan from reaching the plate.

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Cosby's Maddie Lloyd tags Clover Hill's Rachel Cumiskey.

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fly ball was dropped for an error. That miscue loomed large because it extended Cosby’s at-bat long enough to eventually bring Hall to the plate; the district player of the year made Clover Hill pay with a two-run double that made it 3-0. “She pitched a good game,” Corbin said of Page. “She only served one up to Taylor Hall. It was a mistake and she knew it the second she threw it.” Clover Hill, which played Cosby tough in each of their three meetings this season, committed only two errors in a district final that featured strong all-around play by both teams. Against Cosby’s stifling defense, that was two too many.


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pitching up here,” Cujas said. “But I’ve definitely changed altogether and gotten a head my approach and started usstart on his professional ing the whole field. You have baseball career if he had so to be able to hit the ball the chosen. other way if you want to be A year older than the successful.” other three Manchester You also have to do more alumni on VCU’s roster, than just hit. Playing the Hauser was widely expected “hot corner” is a demanding to be chosen within the first test for any college freshman five or six rounds of the 2009 and Cujas struggled at times Major League Baseball ama- defensively, finishing with a teur draft. But he made no team-high 17 errors. secret of his desire to pursue Defense is an even bigger a college education, and after piece of the puzzle for Ayers, slipping to Cleveland in the who played in 32 games and 25th round, Hauser instead started 25 as the backup to became the jewel of VCU’s junior catcher Taylor Perkins. 2009 recruiting class. Ayers showed he hadn’t As a freshman, Hauser misplaced his power stroke made 10 starts and compiled when he ripped a double off a 4-4 record with a 7.07 the left-field wall in a pinchearned-run average. He also hitting appearance against missed more than a month U.Va. But while he batted with tendinitis in his pitching .278 with 16 RBIs during his elbow. freshman season, most of his He showed improvetime was spent in bullpen ment during his sophomore sessions learning how to season, finishing with a 4.65 handle a Division I pitching ERA and 47 strikeouts in staff 50.1 innings, but opposing “Everything is new, but hitters still batted .287 during once I get to know them, it’ll his 12 appearances. be all good,” Ayers said. “In high school, every For obvious reasons, he’s team has one or two really further along in that process good hitters. Here, everybody with two of VCU’s hurlwas the No. 3 or 4 hitter on ers: Hauser and Morrison, his high school team and who was used sparingly as a velocity doesn’t shut people freshman and compiled a 1-1 down,” Hauser said. record with a 4.15 ERA in 12 Cujas, described by Haus- appearances. er as “one guy I could never The former Lancers have get a fastball by” during their played baseball together since time as high school teammiddle school and remain mates, shattered Manchesclose friends. The opporter’s school records for home tunity to be teammates in runs in a season (13) and college was one of the biggest career (23) during a monster reasons why they chose VCU. senior season. But even he “Coming here with all my didn’t expect to come in and friends, I couldn’t ask for start right away at VCU. more,” Hauser said. That changed when There’s another benefit injuries decimated the Rams’ to playing so close to home. infield depth and opened up While a state-record 5,421 a starting spot for the freshfans filled The Diamond for man third baseman. While VCU’s game against Virginia, playing home games at the the Manchester High alums cavernous Diamond limited still have people cheering his power numbers – Cujas for them on days when the hit only two home runs -- he ballpark is mostly empty. started all but one of VCU’s “I’m used to my family 54 games and batted .321 being able to come see me while leading the team with play,” Cujas added. “It makes 41 RBIs. me more comfortable be“I knew I could hit the cause I know they’re there.”

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Midlothian's Sarah Putney (4) battles for the ball with Cosby's Annette Nowicki during Thursday's Dominion District final.

Grove aids foe, lifts Titans to district title Goal in final minute denies Midlothian championship said after the game, walking gingerly with ice packs taped to both calves. “She was like, uring her soccer ‘Are you OK?’ I said, ‘Aw, career at Cosby High School, Joy that’s so nice.’” Putney doesn’t know Grove proved time and time again that she why she seems to be susceptible to cramping, but it has a special ability to make critical plays when her team was understandable on an evening when the temperaneeds it most. ture approached 90 degrees She did it again last Thursday, scoring the game- and both teams were clearly affected by stifling humidity. winning goal with less than Grove helped Putney 30 seconds left as the Titans stretch for a couple minutes. rallied to beat Midlothian Eventually, Putney was able 2-1 in the Dominion District to get to her feet and actournament final. company Midlothian coach But that wasn’t the most Cammie Ward to the Trojans’ impressive act Grove perbench. formed during the game. Not About four minutes later, by a long shot. Grove took a feed from Lizzie With 4:34 left in the secPatrick and slipped a shot ond half and the score tied at inside the left post to give 1, Midlothian’s Erica Putney Cosby its second consecutive crumpled to the turf with a district tournament champipainful cramp in her calf. onship. The first person to come After the trophy presentato her aid wasn’t a coach, tion, Grove sought to avoid teammate or trainer. any credit for her act of kindEven Putney was surprised ness toward an opponent in when she looked up and distress. found Grove standing over “She’s a soccer player and her, helping to stretch out I knew she was hurt. Even though she’s my opponent, I her leg. felt like it was the right thing “I didn’t expect to see to do,” Grove said. “It’s just her face right there,” Putney

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respect for the sport.” Ward said Grove’s compassion toward Putney is a poignant example of the mutual respect that exists among the Dominion District’s girls soccer programs, whose players have grown up playing with and against each other for one local club team or another. “As coaches, we teach our players to not just be athletes, but also respectable citizens and sportsmen” Ward said. “There is still fiery competition, but there’s also a sense of family and friendship that grows through the game and you can’t replace that.” After losing last year’s district final to Cosby in overtime, Midlothian wanted to win Thursday’s game so badly it could taste victory – especially when senior Gabby Urcia converted an assist from Marie Johnston and gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead with about 20 minutes left in the second half. But Cosby needed only five minutes to notch the equalizer. Tessa Broadwater’s corner kick slipped through the fingers of Midlothian goalkeeper Kirsten Hancock.

And just when the game seemed destined to reach overtime for the second consecutive season, Grove caught up with Patrick’s pretty through ball and beat a diving Hancock to give the Titans a championship in regulation time. “If you lay back and think about something else for even a second, both of these teams are good enough to take advantage,” Ward said. “They got us in that second. It’s frustrating, but the nature of soccer is that’s a very unpredictable game at times.” Grove’s heroics were the most predictable aspect of either team’s performance. Regardless of what else may be going on, she always seems to come up big in the moments that make the difference between winning and losing. “My motivation comes from within, but as a captain, my responsibility is to motivate my teammates as well,” Grove said. “I want to get to the next level and I want to do good for my team.”

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